THE wisdom goes, if you exercise regularly, you'll feel fit, healthy and bouncing with life. So how come sporty types are often seen hobbling around with Tubigrip on their knees and an aching back?

Our services are aimed at everyone – whether it's a landscape gardener with a strained back, or a girl training for her first marathon

There's no doubt that intense exercise, whether for fun or for your job, puts your body under strain. The trick is to know how to prevent injuries, and how to deal with existing ones before they derail your fitness regime completely.

Manchester sports rehab practitioner Nicola Charnock helps athletes, football players, and even touring rock stars get their mojo back after an injury. At Smarter Rehab, the clinic and fitness studios she runs on King Street West, she offers a full range of services for people with aches, strains and niggling pains.

“Our goal is to get people back to full fitness as fast as possible, so that their injury doesn't blow a hole in their health regime. We've been doing it since 2003 and have built a reputation as rehab experts in Manchester.

“We work with a lot of professional athletes but our services are aimed at everyone – whether it's a landscape gardener with a strained back, or a girl training for her first marathon.”

So you don't have to be a budding iron-woman or championship boxer to benefit from their services?

“No, people come to us with injuries from yoga, running, going to the gym, and just sitting badly at work. We aim to not only get you back to full fitness, but also improve on your fitness levels, and make sure you stay injury-free in the future.”

Smarter Rehab offers a full range of rehabilitation services . If you've got an ache or pain that isn't going away, book a free consultation with them by calling 0161 834 9523 or emailing

What's niggling you?

Gym left you limping? Smarter Rehab has a rehab service which will help:


One-to-one sessions with a qualified physiotherapist at the Smarter Rehab studio.

Help for:

  • Spinal problems (disc pain, degeneration, sciatica, stiffness in neck or back).
  • Neural problems causing arm and leg problems (pains/altered sensation).
  • Joint problems (arthritis, injury, pain and swelling, stiffness in shoulders, elbows, wrists, hands, hips, knees or ankles).
  • Soft tissue injuries to muscles, ligaments, cartilage and tendons.
  • Work-related conditions including repetitive strain injuries (RSI).
  • Orthopaedic problems, pre and post surgery.
  • Healing fractures and regaining full function.
  • Poor core stability and joint stability.


A programme of support from physiotherapists and trainers who take a holistic approach to your recovery.

Help for:

  • Getting back to full fitness after a sport's injury, operation or fall.
  • Reducing your recovery time.
  • Keeping the rest of your body in shape while you recover.
  • Improving weaknesses that caused the initial injury.

Kinesio Taping

A breathable muscle support tape that doesn't restrict movement or cause secondary complications. As seen on Andy Murray at Wimbledon, Mario Balotolli and the women’s volleyball players at the London Olympics.

Help for:

  • Athletes (pro and amateur) who need to keep training while injured.
  • Swimmers and divers who need waterproof muscle support.
  • People suffering from lymphoedema (swelling) and bruising.

Deep Tissue Sports Massage

A specialist massage focused on relieving pain and restoring normal movement by realigning deep layers of muscles and connective tissue.

Help for:

People with chronically tense and contracted areas including stiff necks, stiff lower backs and sore shoulders.

To book a free consultation at Smarter Rehab for any of these services, call 0161 834 9523 or email